46 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

46 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

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46 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Pipestone
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Granite Falls
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Mankato
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Austin
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Winona
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Red Wing
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Rochester

8
nights
Pipestone

Pipestone ©
Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota, United States. Visit Pipestone Historic District and Main Street for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Blue Mounds State Park and Circle Trail. Explore Pipestone's surroundings by going to Luverne (Rock County Historical Society, Herried Military Museum, & more) and Worthington (Nobles County Pioneer Village & Spomer Classics & Museum). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Winnewissa Falls, pause for some photo ops at Pipestone National Monument, and stop by Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pipestone trip planner.

Rochester to Pipestone is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, Pipestone is little chillier than Rochester - with highs of 27°F and lows of 10°F. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel to Granite Falls.

Things to do in Pipestone

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Luverne, Worthington
Highlights from your plan
Winnewissa Falls ©
Winnewissa Falls
Spomer Classics & Museum ©
Spomer Classics & Museum
Blue Mounds State Park ©
Blue Mounds State Park

7
nights
Granite Falls

Granite Falls ©
Granite Falls is a city in Chippewa, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties in the State of Minnesota. Step off the beaten path and head to Fagen Fighters WWII Museum and Upper Sioux Agency State Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Chippewa City and Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granite Falls: Walnut Grove (Plum Creek & Ingalls' Homestead) and Alexander Ramsey Park (in Redwood Falls). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Park and try your luck at Prairie's Edge Casino.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Granite Falls tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Pipestone to Granite Falls in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Granite Falls are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. You will leave for Mankato on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Granite Falls

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Walnut Grove, Montevideo, Alexander Ramsey Park
Highlights from your plan
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum ©
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Upper Sioux Agency State Park ©
Upper Sioux Agency State Park

8
nights
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Assisi Heights and John Lind House will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Red Jacket Trail and Brown County Historical Society. Explore Mankato's surroundings by going to New Ulm (Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Hermann the German, & more), Rochester (LTS Brewing, Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery, & more) and Faribault (River Bend Nature Center, Cross Country Soaring, & more). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, have some family-friendly fun at WOW Zone Family Entertainment Center, examine the collection at Blue Earth County Historical Society, and take in the exciting artwork at Carnegie Art Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mankato trip maker site .

You can drive from Granite Falls to Mankato in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Mankato are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Mankato

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

New Ulm, Rochester, Faribault, Nicollet County Historical Society - Treaty Site History Center
Highlights from your plan
Assisi Heights ©
Assisi Heights
River Bend Nature Center ©
River Bend Nature Center

7
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Austin is a city in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery and Historic Forestville. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Augustine's Catholic Church and Village of Yesteryear. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Austin: Spring Valley (Deer Creek Speedway & Spring Valley Methodist Church Museum), Freeborn county historical museum (in Albert Lea) and Owatonna (Mineral Springs Park, Owatonna Public Library, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Myre-Big Island State Park, take an in-depth tour of Hormel Historic Home, and identify plant and animal life at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Austin journey planner .

You can drive from Mankato to Austin in 1.5 hours. March in Austin sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Owatonna, Spring Valley, Preston, Albert Lea
Highlights from your plan
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center ©
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park ©
Historic Forestville ©
Historic Forestville

7
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Visit Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Merchants Bank for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Watkins Museum and Store and LARK Toys. Explore Winona's surroundings by going to Niagara Cave (in Harmony) and Wabasha (National Eagle Center & Coffee Mill Ski Area). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Great River Bluffs State Park, stroll through Lake Park, get engrossed in the history at Winona County Historical Society, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Island City Brewing Company Co.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Winona road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Austin to Winona takes 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Winona are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Red Wing.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wabasha, LARK Toys, Niagara Cave
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka ©
Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys
Great River Bluffs State Park ©
Great River Bluffs State Park

8
nights
Red Wing

Red Wing ©
Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, along the upper Mississippi River. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Northfield Historical Society and Cannon River Winery. Get outdoors at Cannon Valley Trail and Barn Bluff. Venture out of the city with trips to Reads Landing (in Lake City) and Northfield (Fireside Orchard and Gardens, Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College, & more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Pottery Museum of Red Wing, do a tasting at Flower Valley Vineyard, examine the collection at Aliveo Military Museum, and enjoy some friendly competition at Island Xtreme Bowl.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Red Wing trip planning tool .

Drive from Winona to Red Wing in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in March, and nighttime lows around 22°F. On the 31st (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Red Wing

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Northfield, Welch, Cannon Falls, Reads Landing
Highlights from your plan
Barn Bluff ©
Barn Bluff
Northfield Historical Society ©
Northfield Historical Society
Pottery Museum of Red Wing ©
Pottery Museum of Red Wing